The Presiding Bishop of the US-based Episcopal Church is inviting church members and all Christians to study the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles around Easter 2018. The initiative, dubbed the Good Book Club, will see the Episcopal Church partner with more than 25 other organisations to provide “an opportunity for reflection and prayer”.
“The Good Book Club is a churchwide program that invites the reading of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles during the liturgical seasons of Lent and Easter 2018,” the Episcopal Church said. “Led by Forward Movement, the Good Book Club readings begin the Sunday prior to Ash Wednesday (11 February 2018), and finish on Pentecost (20 May 2018).”
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said that the Good Book Club provides an opportunity to “read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Holy Scriptures.
“The Gospel of Luke tells the story of Jesus, he said, adding that “the Acts of the Apostles tells the story of those who followed in the footsteps of Jesus.”
Although the initiative is still some six months off, Bishop Curry is encouraging dioceses, congregations and other organisations to promote the initiative now by sharing a video in English or with Spanish subtitles and links to online resources, which include daily readings.
Through the Episcopal Church and its partners, Bishop Curry hopes that the initiative will see hundreds of thousands of people join the Good Book Club in what could be a global Bible study exercise as people around the world study the scriptures together.